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The aim is for the Canterbury DHB and the other 20 DHBs in New Zealand to have a focus on promoting wellness and have more control over how government money is spent on health services in their own regions. For instance, some of Canterburys health needs are probably different from those of Auckland.
The Canterbury DHB will progressively decide how that money is best spent in Canterbury. The Board will decide on the mix, the level and the quality of health and disability services to be publicly funded in our region, and then enter into agreements with organisations or individuals who can best provide those services.
The Canterbury DHB will be responsible for funding local delivery of services by providers such as GPs, Maori and Pacific groups, other primary care and mental health providers.
We will move to a system where the funding given to Boards is not only based on the population size but also weighted according to factors like ethnicity, the age range and the degree of social deprivation in the area.
The new population based funding will also allow the Canterbury DHB to review potential healthgains from working with health professionals such as GPs, pharmacists,hospital health professionals, and mentalhealth and disability support providers in the Canterbury area.